Northwest Endodontic Specialists Offers Root Canals in Olympia and Surrounding Areas

What is root canal treatment?

The inner part of your tooth contains pulp, comprised of nerves and blood vessels, that fills the root canals of your inner teeth. The pulp can become infected due to tooth decay, fracture or trauma. During root canal therapy, we remove the damaged pulp, clean the root canal system and seal it. This process saves the natural tooth and allows you to avoid a bridge, bone graft and dental implant.

Comfortable, Pain-Free Root Canal Care

These days, root canal treatment is comfortable and pain-free. The tooth is numb for the entire procedure (and some hours after), and any discomfort after the procedure is typically well controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most people find that having a root canal is similar to having a filling done and, if they had a toothache prior to the procedure, they are relieved to find that it is gone with the removal of the infection. If you are nervous about having a root canal, we can set your mind at ease to help you have a comfortable, pain-free experience in our office.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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Saving Teeth with Endodontics

No artificial crown, dental implant or other prosthesis can ever measure up to the strength, function and aesthetic qualities of your natural tooth. Best practices in dentistry are to save teeth rather than extract them whenever possible, and it is through the process of endodontics that damaged teeth are saved.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:

  • Severe Tooth Decay – where the decay is extensive, in or approaching the root system.
  • Fractured Teeth – any fracture in the tooth is an invitation for bacteria to enter the root areas and cause infection, eventually compromising the entire tooth.
  • Dead Nerves – this is a sure sign that extensive damage has been done to the tooth roots.
  • Infections and Abscesses – abscessed teeth have infected roots, and only a thorough root canal treatment can save the tooth at this point.

Symptoms of Tooth Infections:

  • Pain, swelling or redness around tooth
  • Darkening of the tooth (discoloration)
  • Pain while chewing
  • Toothache
  • Sensitivity

If you have any of these signs of infection in your mouth, give us a call at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 – the sooner you are seen by a professional, the more likely you will be able to save your tooth.

Root Canal Procedure: What’s It Like?

First, the tooth will be anesthetized. Once it is numb, a dental dam will be placed over the tooth to isolate it. Next, we will make an opening in the crown of the tooth and clean the infected pulp out of the chamber. The chamber is then filled and a filling or temporary crown is placed on top to protect the area. The procedure doesn’t take much longer than a filling, and you will be just as comfortable. The final crown will be restored by your general dentist.

Are you in pain? Don’t wait any longer! Call Northwest Endodontic Specialists at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636 to schedule your appointment right away!

Endodontic Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of endodontic therapy, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to root canals are discussed.

Endodontic Presentation

The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

The cost of your root canal will vary based on the amount of damage to your tooth and your insurance benefits. Keep in mind that endodontic treatment is healthier, less painful and far less expensive than extraction and tooth replacement.

Ultimately, we are here to ease your fears about root canal therapy – please don’t hesitate to reach out for information.

New Patient? Please visit our Endodontic FAQ page for more information.

Post-Op? Please see our surgical instructions page and call us with any concerns you may have at Olympia Office Phone Number 360-459-3636.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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Northwest Endodontic Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 311 Root Canal Therapy reviews.

Patient Review By Sandra Tooker T

everyone was wonderful - very professional

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Patient Review By Dieter G

No one wants to get a root canal, but let me tell you my experience was great. The staff was friendly and caring from front desk to the person providing actual dental care. Dr Behnen was gentle and I felt genuinely cared about my well being. I'm glad I was referred to NW Endodontics by my dentist. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. If you're on the fence as to where to go, stop right now and make an appointment. You wont be sorry.

- Dieter G

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Patient Review By Barbara S

I am so pleased with my results. I was referred to them because my dentist could complete the root canal.Dr. Albert Goerig , was very gentle and kind. Best every. Thank you so much!

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Patient Review By Sandra M

This was the best dental experience I have ever had, and it was a root canal!! Dr. Albert Goerig's 40 years of experience was apparent in not only his skill level but also his bedside manner. I walked in today after days of horrible pain, and I am walking out less than an hour later feeling better about my dental health than I have in well over a year. He explained what he would do, said things to comfort me, and then performed the root canal with the ease of a master. I still can't believe how "quick and painless" all of this has been. His staff also went out of their way to help me figure out a billing issue, and to help me feel as at ease as possible. Do whatever you have to in order to come see these people and get the help you need.

- Sandra M

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Patient Review By Diann H

Staff very professional & caring! Dr. Amazing! Thank you for taking care of me!

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Patient Review By William K

The staff was very professional and the quality of the procedure was outstanding. The music was great.

- William K

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Patient Review By Jeanne T

The BEST overall dental experience ever and I'm in my 70's. The staff was overwhelmingly awesome, helpful, informative and funny. Dr. Goerig himself was all about my comfort, my mental health during the procedure, and administering the procedure as quickly as possible, not to mention he's a funny guy also. Not a single second of discomfort or anxiety. Thank you Dr. Goerig and Monica. I will be spreading lots of good words for you.

- Jeanne T

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Patient Review By Liz S

Great at listening to patient. Thanks for ensuring that I was numb before procedure.

- Liz S

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Patient Review By BARBARA K

Awesome experience. Recommend them to anyone


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Patient Review By David Winfrey w

Very friendly and easy going staff made the overall experience pleasant.

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Patient Review By David h

very good fast and friendly

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Patient Review By Diana C

Dr. Goerig put me at ease, very polite, pleasant and wonderful sense of humor. The office is lovely, the folks friendly and welcoming. Thank you to all.

- Diana C

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Patient Review By laura g

I have had multiple visits here for root canals. I have seen all 3 the doctors. They are caring professionals. I called in the morning and got a same day appointment for evaluation and treatment. This was awesome! I didn't have to miss work. The procedure was painless. I had very little discomfort after the procedures. Completely managed by Tylenol or Motrin. I highly recommend Northwest Endodontic Specialist. The staff was compassionate and emphatic. Northwest Endodontic makes having a root canal a pleasure.

- laura g

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Patient Review By Barbara S

I have never had such wonderful service in a medical/dental office! Everyone from the receptionist to Hannah and Dr. David Goerig. They all made me feel very comfortable, welcomed and confident in the services they provided. I would recommend them to anyone!

- Barbara S

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Patient Review By deborah s

Dr. G. SR. is amazing. He is always willing to make minor changes in his procedures to accomodate me and make me comfortable.

- deborah s

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Patient Review By Jolene B

Dr. Michael Behnen, DDS was gentle and he and his hygienist described the procedure each step of the way. I was nervous coming in but was immediately put at ease and the procedure was painless!

- Jolene B

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Patient Review By Jay H

I have and will in the future recommend very highly the services of "Dr. Albert Goerig and the staff at Northwest Endodontic Specialists" to all of my family, friends and even others that would benefit from the wonderful and very friendly service I have received. The staff could not have been any nicer and when you leave you feel as though you many new friends. Thank You to everyone that I met for their professional and warm behavior. Jay H

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Patient Review By karen g

totally awesome. and i am super picky. Dr. Behnen was a delight, as well as Sylvia. thank you so much. And NO pain, no need for fear.

- karen g

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Patient Review By Kassie M

The procedure was painless and extremely quick.

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Patient Review By janice l

pleasant experience!

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